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January 22, 2018

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Release Date: 12/20/2017

The Seattle Public Library Receives Highest Five-Star Rating for Eighth Consecutive Year

America's Star Libraries

Seattle residents enjoy some of the best library services in the nation. For the eighth consecutive year, The Seattle Public Library was awarded the highest five-star rating by Library Journal's 2017 Index of Public Library Service.

"The people of Seattle clearly love their libraries and use them heavily," said Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner. "We work hard to provide resources and services that meet the needs and expectations of the residents of our city. Our staff's commitment to providing exceptional service is what makes us a top library system."

In 2016, more than 11.4 million people visited The Seattle Public Library and checked out over 11.6 million books and materials. More than 360,000 children, teens and adults attended nearly 11,000 education classes, workshops and author programs.

Ratings for the Library Journal's Index of Public Library Service are determined by four key library service statistics: in-person library visits, materials checked out, program attendance and public internet computer use. Out of the 7,409 libraries rated, only 2,659 libraries nationwide received ratings of three, four or five stars. The Seattle Public Library was one of only five similarly-sized libraries in the nation that received a five-star rating. The other five-star libraries include a library in Louisiana and three in Ohio. 

Library Journal is the leading journal of the library profession. This year's ratings were based on 2015 data that libraries reported to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, visit

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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